Morocco says security forces have broken up an al-Qaida-linked militant cell that was planning attacks throughout the country.

Morocco's state news agency quotes the Interior Ministry as saying the group consisted of 24 militants.  It said the group was "planning assassinations and acts of sabotage" targeting the security services and foreign interests in Morocco.  

The agency news report says four of the group's members had been jailed previously on terror-related charges.  It says the group also recruited Moroccan citizens to send to conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

The suspects were captured after an assault on a police officer in Casablanca.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.